There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 1 Corinthians 12:4
I sort of thought once I was an adult, some of that middle school comparison mentality would magically disappear. Instead it seems it morphs into different areas. We waste time comparing our kids, our husbands, our material possessions, and our spiritual gifts.
Why her? Why does she deserve the bigger house, the newer car, the perfect kids, the career we want, etc?
John 21 tells us about Jesus working a miracle by filling Simon Peter’s fishing net. Jesus later tells Simon Peter three times to take care of and feed His sheep. He also shares with Simon Peter that he’s going to die in a way that glorifies God. True to human form, Simon Peter looks at the guy next to him and asks Jesus, “What about him?” Jesus basically responds with, “What’s it to ya?” Touché
What’s it to ya indeed. Who are we to question God and the blessings he bestows on others?
Wouldn’t we all love to have an amazing singing voice? To speak eloquently and write words that flow like magic across the pages? To always whip up mouth watering food?
We’ve all been blessed with our own unique gifts that were meant to glorify The King. There’s no point in focusing our attention on someone else’s blessings and abilities. We need to use that energy to improve our own abilities and feed and care for His sheep, however we’ve been called to do so.
I imagine we look like a child who has just received his birthday gift. It’s the exact bicycle that he requested and his parents are excited to see the smile on his face when he finally lays eyes on it. But instead what they hear is, “You got me the red one? I wanted the blue one!” Tears, feet stomping, and an ungrateful attitude follows suit. Tantrums aren’t cute on anyone, but even less so when it’s over a gift.
The next time those thoughts begin to taunt you – and you know they will – give them the same message Jesus would. “What’s it to ya?” and make a wise choice to refocus that energy into the blessings and gifts you do have, even if it means starting with the basics; food, shelter, and family. Don’t ever lose sight of the best blessing and gift of all. Salvation.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11